Anne Clay Otwell collection

Anne Clay Otwell collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Otwell, Anne Clay
Title: Anne Clay Otwell collection
Dates: 1973-2002
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (2 folders; MS 3500 to MS 3501 housed together in 1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms3500(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

Anne Clay Otwell was fairly well known in Georgia as a poet, editor, and publisher of the Poets Monthly paper. She was also president of the Poets of Georgia Club, and mayor of a ghost town once called Tulip (also previously called Sprite and Kincaid) located in Chattooga County, Georgia. She renamed the town Poetry, Georgia and intended to create a colony of poets there. After going broke publishing poetry, Anne Otwell lived as a hermit in the woods of Poetry, Georgia. When her "stomach started talking to her" she wrote her Bad News Gospel. She started the "Church of Nudist Native and Naturalist with a Mission / NNNWM." In 1995, Anne Otwell legally changed her name to Serpentfoot.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of poetry written by Anne Clay Otwell, miscellaneous items related to Poetry, Georgia and several issues of Poets Monthly and other assorted poetry publications.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Authors and publishers--Georgia--Chattooga County.
Communities--Georgia--Chattooga County.
Editors--Georgia--Chattooga County.
Otwell, Anne Clay
Poets--Georgia--Chattooga County.
Religious leaders--Georgia--Chattooga County.
Serials (publications).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Anne Clay Otwell collection, 1973-2002. MS 3500(M). Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence; 1976 Map of Georgia; article by Bill Green Stalled on Poetry Hill
2Issue by Poets Monthly, Jan. 1974